Bob is the son of Rudd Weatherwax, the original owner and trainer of Lassie. Bob was born on June 4, 1941, exactly one year to the day after "Pal" was born, the dog who made movie history by portraying Lassie in seven MGM films.
Bob & Pal
Bob grew up, surrounded by some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood history. He was the only child who could truthfully say that his family pet was the real Lassie. In fact, at home, Lassie was assigned the job of being Bob's babysitter!
Bob has spent his whole life in the entertainment/dog training business. As a child, he had duties in his father's kennels and was often called on to assist in training - even if only to stand still while Lassie or another working dog learned a routine. Later, after serving his country in the US Army, Bob returned home to California where he followed in his father’s footsteps to became a Hollywood dog trainer. He apprenticed under his father on the Lassie TV series and then developed his own career as a dog trainer for movies and television. At his father's death, Bob carried on his father's legacy of breeding and training several more generations of Lassie.
Bob's filmography includes: Aftershock, Back to the Future series, Big Jake, The Borrowers, David Copperfield specials, FBI Untold Stories, Harry and the Hendersons, Joshua's Heart, Lassie Best Friends are Forever, Life Goes On, The Magic of Lassie, Married with Children, Moment by Moment, The New Lassie series. Poltergeist II, Racing with the Moon, Red Dwarf, Roseanne, See You in the Morning, Simon and Simon, Skeezer, Stone Fox, The Watchers II, and Who's the Boss.
Lassie VII & O.J. (Einstein from " Back to the Future")